Jeff Bale

Jeff Bale is a current PhD student at the University of British Columbia with a specialization in Physics Education Research (PER). He has a long history of seeking professional development opportunities to grow not only as a teacher, but also as person. When teaching, he has a strong focus of creating as inclusive of a classroom as possible, that allows students to be true to themselves in a safe classroom environment.

His lessons are designed with evidence based teaching practices that have been proven to promote student learning. Jeff firmly believes in a growth-mindset, in that everyone has the ability to learn a subject, and takes pride in his ability to take seemingly complicated subjects and break them down into digestible pieces for his students.


Physics and Mathematics


In progress: PhD in Physics (University of British Columbia)

MSc in Physics (University of British Columbia)

BSc in Applied Physics (Simon Fraser University)

Dr. Hamid Maghzian

Dr. Hamid Maghzian is an engineering Ph.D. graduate of the University of British Columbia with a diverse educational background in Civil/Structural engineering and Mechanical engineering.

During the past 8 years, Dr. Maghzian has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Computer programming. His philosophy in teaching involves engaging students in class and providing ample practical examples as well as problem sets to demonstrate and achieve the learning objectives of the course.

In their future careers, the students would be facing new challenges, which they have not seen in any course before. Dr. Maghzian helps instill a problem solving skill in students so they can think critically when the time comes. Presenting thought-provoking problems in class and allowing students to work on them in groups has been an efficient technique to that end.

“One on one interaction with the students has been a central point of my teaching practice. Each student is unique, hence has a unique way of understanding. It is important for me to recognize their differences and be the guide along their unique journey towards understanding.”




  • Ph.D. “Finite element and design optimization lab”, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of British Columbia
  • M.A.Sc., Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • B.A.Sc., Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

MATH 200: Differential Calculus for Engineering & Physical Sciences

Fundamentals of differential calculus and how to use derivatives in problem solving; several kinds of functions and some of their properties, e.g. growth and decay, maxima and minima, stationary points.

MATH 230: Introduction to Finite Mathematics

This course develops an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts from elementary number theory, elementary probability & statistics, and elementary geometry. It develops facility with fundamental mathematical practices such as problem solving, identifying patterns, using models, and reasoning and communicating. The course focuses on developing a healthy attitude about mathematics and the confidence to learn and do mathematics beyond this course.

MATH 099: Pre-Calculus II

This first-year course is designed to prepare students for calculus courses by teaching them to give the definition of a function; to list some basic properties of functions in general; and to distinguish several types of elementary functions, draw their graphs, list their properties and apply those properties in problem solving.

MATH 104: Differential Calculus for Business, Economics, Social Sciences

Study of derivatives and rates of exchange, exponential and trigonometric functions, Newton’s method, Taylor series, maxima and minima, and graphing.

MATH 105: Integral Calculus for Business, Economics and the Social Sciences

This course examines the concept of Integrals, Areas and Distances, The Definite Integral, The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Indefinite Integrals and the Net Change Theorem, The Substitution Rule. Applications of integration, Areas between Curves, Volume, Volumes by Cylindrical Shells, Techniques of integration, Integration by Parts, Trigonometric Integrals, Trigonometric Substitution, Applications of integration to Economics and Biology.

MATH 110: Differential Calculus I

Functions, derivatives of basic functions, and implicit differentiation. CCC MATH 110 + CCC MATH 111 = CCC MATH 104.

MATH 111: Differential Calculus II

Applications of differentiation including optimization problems, curve sketching, and anti-derivatives.